Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Are You Thirsty?

Jesus said to the Samaritan woman:

But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14

Why could Jesus be sure that after drinking the water that He gives a person would never thirst? Jesus could be sure is because He is the fountain of living waters. The bible says:
 O LORD, the hope of Israel,
 All who forsake You shall be ashamed.
 “Those who depart from Me
 Shall be written in the earth,
 Because they have forsaken the LORD,
 The fountain of living waters.”  Jeremiah 17:13

So if Jesus is the fountain of living waters and Jesus does this mean that you and I only need to drink once or better yet does this mean that we will only want to drink once?

The answer is no. The bible says:

 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
  For they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

And...

He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. Revelation 21:6

What Jesus is trying to say is that if you know Him you will never be at a point where you are thirsty and have nothing to drink. In fact because Jesus is the fountain of living waters there will always be something to drink. That's a good thing because Christ's followers love to drink from the Fountain of waters.

Are you thirsty? I know I am.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Exchanging Obedience for the Spirit

Jesus said in Luke 11:13:

If you then, being evil,  know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! Luke 11:13

It is clear then that we need to ask God to receive the Holy Spirit. But is it enough to simply ask? Are there any other conditions that need to be met in order to receive the Spirit of God.

In the book of Acts the apostle Peter said to the Pharisees:

And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him. Acts 5:32

Peter makes it clear that God gives the Holy Spirit to those that obey Him. But what are we supposed to  obey?

In Acts 10 Peter was called by God to go and share the truth about Jesus with a Roman centurion, Cornelius, and his men. So Peter went, told them about Jesus and said:

43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” 

44   While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.  45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. Acts 10:43-45

Remember it was Peter that told the Pharisees that God gives the Spirit to those that obey him. Because God gave the Spirit to the Cornelius and the gentiles we can only conclude that they were obeying God. But how were they obeying God. From the context it is clear that when they were told that they needed to believe in Jesus they obeyed.

We can draw a conclusion from their experience. The gentiles chose to be obedient to the word of God as it was given to them through the apostle Peter. As a result of their response of obedience to the word of God they received the Spirit. This means that when you and I are obedient to the word of God, whether we hear it or read it we will receive the Holy Spirit.

Do you want to receive the Holy Spirit? If so then God is challenging you to be obedient to His word. It isn't always easy to be obedient, but God promises the tremendous blessing of His Spirit if we choose to submit to His word.